Contrary to what the mainstream medical community has been telling us for decades, cholesterol is good for us, and those with the highest cholesterol live longer than those with low cholesterol! Not sure you can believe this? I don't blame you.
How could 60 years of "conclusive evidence" be wrong? It's a very long story of misinformation, lies and deceit.
Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, a Danish independent researcher and family practice physician, has been one the few scientists who have dug into the original flawed research that created the cholesterol myth.
The information Dr. Ravnskov uncovered has not been well received by those who benefit financially from the "cholesterol will give you a heart attack" misinformation. They have severely criticized, scorned and labeled the doctor a "quack" for bringing the truth to light.
The Skeptic's Health Journal provides us with some eye opening information in their article dated January 26, 2011. The author reports the following about about a review of Dr. Ravnskov's research."
"While every medical student is taught the results of the vaunted Framingham study which underpins much of the cholesterol lowering campaign, a stance reinforced by unanimity among instructors and peers, as well as a nearly unavoidable multi decade media blitz, Dr. Ravnskov did something I never had, he went back and look as the relevant medical literature with a critical eye and a fine tooth comb.
For example one learns that the Framingham study was an exception to more numerous studies. Thirty years after the original flawed study researchers belatedly discovered that "those who had high cholesterol and were older than forty-seven years of age when the project started lived just as long or longer than those with low cholesterol."
In his recent book Ignore the Awkward, How the Cholesterol Myths are Kept Alive, Dr. Ravnskov cites at least twenty studies showing that people with high cholesterol live longer than people with low cholesterol.
There was yet another surprise. Those whose cholesterol had decreased during these thirty years ran a greater risk of death than those whose cholesterol had increased! To cite the report: For each 1 mg/dl drop of cholesterol there was an 11 percent increase in coronary and total mortality.
Please read that again. Isn't it just the opposite of what we have been told repeatedly? Haven't we been told that the most important thing to do to prolong life is to lower our cholesterol?
The research study concluded;"High HDL levels are associated with longevity and are protective against the development of atherosclerotic disease.
In the Framingham Study, risk for cardiovascular disease (and heart attacks) increases sharply as HDL levels fall progressively below 40 mg/dL.
In their book The Great Cholesterol Myth, by Jonny Bowden, PH.D.,C.N.S and Stephen Sinatra, M.D.,F.A.C.C. they describe the role of politics in promoting inaccurate conclusions from clinical studies.
Published in 2012, their research reviews dozens of clinical research studies which conclusively prove cholesterol is not the villain it has been made out to be.Kirihara Y and others. J Lipid Nutr 2008;17:67-78 Ogushi Y and others. World Rev Nutr Diet 2009;100:63-70. Ravnskov, Uffe (2010-12-01). Ignore the awkward! How the cholesterol myths are kept alive (p. 40).
You may be surprised to learn that the Framingham Heart Study found that those with the lowest total cholesterol levels are associated with poorer performance on cognitive measures.
Our brains depend on cholesterol for abstract reasoning, attention/concentration, word fluency, and executive functioning.
In a nut shell the brains of those with the lowest cholesterol did not work as well.
Those with the highest cholesterol also lived longer than those with low cholesterol!
The research study concluded;"...high HDL levels are associated with longevity and are protective against the development of atherosclerotic disease.In the Framingham Study, risk for coronary artery disease increases sharply as HDL levels fall progressively below 40 mg/dL."
Dr. Mary Enig is a world-renowned biochemist and nutritionist best known for her pioneering research on healthy fats and oils.
She is a consultant and clinician, and is also the former contributing editor of the scientific journal Clinical Nutrition and a consulting editor of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
Dr Enig protested against trans fats more than twenty-five years ago. Contrary to what you often hear from the experts, saturated fat is good for us, and trans fats can kill us.
In the ongoing Nurses Health Study each 2% increase in trans fat consumption converted to a whopping 93% increase in coronary heart disease. A study published in The Lancet in 1994 showed that almost three-quarters of the fat found clogging arteries is trans fat.
In her treatise co-authored with Mary Fallon, "The Oiling of America" she relates how Gary Taubes has exposed the myths surrounding choesterol.
"The Soft Science of Dietary Fats," by Gary Taubes, in the March 30, 2001 issue of Science,exposes the shenanigans of the 1970s McGovern Senate Committee staff and the follow-on by various government agencies that gave us the anti-fat, anti-cholesterol dietary goals and guidelines.
Yes, our government representatives were getting mixed up in something they knew very little about. It brings to mind President Reagans famous quote, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"
As a youngster growing up I remember clearly waiting expectantly for the next issue of Superman to read what feats my hero would accomplish.
He was, "faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a speeding locomotive and could leap tall buildings with a single bound."
When it comes to saving your life HDL cholesterol is the superman that can accomplish even greater feats.
HDL cholesterol acts like a miniature hydraulic vacuum cleaner, streaming through your arteries (not quite as fast as a speeding bullet), scooping up the heart- stopping LDL cholesterol, and carrying it back to your liver where it can be delt with.
HDLs also douse the fires of inflammation. It is this smoldering inflammation and oxidation that causes the cholesterol in our arteries to turn rancid and clog our arteries.
The Great Cholesterol Myth, by Jonny Bowden, PH.D.,C.N.S and Stephen Sinatra, M.D.,F.A.C.C. is a well researched and entertaining analysis of the role of politics in promoting inaccurate conclusions from clinical studies.
This book , published in 2012, reviews dozens of clinical research studies which conclusively prove that lowering your cholesterol won't prevent heart disease...unless inflammation and oxidation are running rampant.
"For decades, the public has been relentlessly brainwashed about cholesterol and today practically everybody thinks that cholesterol is the main cause of heart disease.
"It's not. The cholesterol story is perhaps the biggest medical con in existence. I think nothing matches it as medical hooey.
"Most physicians, unfortunately, have also bought hook, line, and sinker into the propaganda that if cholesterol reaches some artificially-established cutoff point you need a drug to lower it in order to prevent a heart attack, even if you are totally healthy, and, not to worry, the drug is really very safe to take.
"I, for one, bought into that lie big time and actually used to lecture about the importance of statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs. I even got a paycheck from drug companies to talk up their statins.
"I stopped doing that routine years ago as I began to learn the true cholesterol facts from medical research and my own clinical observations, that the cholesterol story was more fiction than fact. I realized that the story was so skewed and manipulated that I decided to finally do something about it, and try, to the best of my ability, to educate the public."
When LDL cholesterol molecules are oxidized in our bodies by free radicals, this creates an inflammatory cascade which results in cell and artery damage and irritation of the artery walls.
The primary sources of this damage are excess sugar and omega 6 oils (such as corn oil, canola oil, soy bean and saflower) that have been processed at extreme temperatures.
More oxidized LDLs start to build up at this spot, producing an artery-blocking plaque. Left untreated, this plaque eventually closes the artery entirely, leading to a possible heart attack or stroke."
1. LDL cholesterol when oxidized by free radicals inflames the heart artery walls and creates placque.
2. HDL cholesterol reverses this process. It acts as an antioxidant and sweeps through our heart arteries like a vacum cleaner, removing the damaged ldl cholesterol.
3. The famous Framingham Heart Study proved conclusively that those with low HDL cholesterol are at the highest risk for heart disease.
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